Senior forskareContact Anneli
15 December 2022, 14:28
Biomass and biowaste are valuable raw materials that require proper evaluation and certification as well as appropriate and increased traceability and transparency in order to increase in value and use in the bio-based value chains. The current range of certification schemes consists of various non-uniform approaches and leads to a lack of traceability of relevant information on the origin of bio-based products.
Biomass and biowaste are organic material originating from biological processes that can be used as an energy source in industries. However, these resources contain compounds with high added value that can be recycled and used as raw materials in bio-based industries to obtain bio-products, such as bio-plastics, promoting the transition towards a circular economy.
To promote their use, it is necessary that biomass and biowaste, such as sewage sludge or organic waste from urban areas, have appropriate evaluation and certification systems that take into account important aspects such as their environmental impact or traceability. The new Horizon Europe project, Biorecer, wants to develop guidelines to complement current certification systems, encourage the establishment of new bio-based value chains and promote the use of biological raw materials to replace fossil counterparts.
Specifically, Biorecer will develop a methodological framework to analyze the effects of the use of biomass and biowaste and their traceability in the value chain. This will form the basis of a standardized certification system for both certification authorities and bio-based industries.
RISE Processum's role in the project is to contribute to the sustainability assessment by studying the main biomass flows in Västernorrland's forest industry, as well as to contribute to the work with the validation of the methodologies and tools developed within the framework of Biorecer in a case study in Västernorrland with a focus on residual flows from the forest industry.
- I believe that the multidimensional framework that will be developed within Biorecer will be an important complement to current certification schemes and will have a positive impact on the transition to a bio-based economy and above all in terms of applicability at the EU and global level, says Anneli Sundman, project manager for Biorecer and senior researchers at RISE Processum.